Here’s a quick round-up of my favorite reads in 2019.

Should you want to know more about an individual book, I have posted the links to my full review along with an Amazon affiliate link should you which to purchase a copy of the book for yourself.

My rating system

When I read and review a physical book, I score each one under three sets of criteria:

  1. Design and layout
  2. Readability
  3. Quality of information

If the book is an audiobook, I use two sets of criteria:

  1. Quality of narration
  2. Quality of information

I score each of those criteria separately out of ten and then use those scores to create an overall average rating. (You can see the score breakdown at the bottom of the review page for each book.)

In this post, I want to celebrate the nine books to which I awarded the maximum score of ten out of ten in 2019, so here they are…

My Top 9 Books of 2019

Now, in no particular order (because they’re all awesome!) let’s get into my favorite reads of 2019!

1. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne 

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I’m not the only person that loved this book. Blue Ocean Strategy is also a worldwide international bestseller, having sold over 3.6 million copies, and is available in 44 languages!

This is a very hard-hitting, strategic book; it’s what I call a proper business book. It teaches you how to create uncontested market space, in essence, how to create ‘a market of one.’

If you have a business, if you’re an entrepreneur, or if you offer any type of product or service, you absolutely have to read this book!

2. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

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This book is billed as being “the riveting story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multi-billion-dollar, Silicon Valley startup.” The book is written by the journalist that helped to uncover the fraud that brought the company to its knees.

I found it extremely interesting (and somewhat terrifying) to read about what actually happened, i.e., how the business started, its boom, it’s secrets and lies, and subsequently, it’s collapse.

Overall, this a very well-written and gripping tale.

3. How to Build a Billion Dollar App by George Berkowski

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This book is described as being aimed at those who want to build the next WhatsApp, Snapchat, Candy Crush, Instagram, or Uber. Now, I don’t have those kinds of aspirations, but since I am creating a piece of software for another business of mine, I thought that this would be a handy and valuable read for me.

…and I was right!

It covers everything you need to know, and then more.

So, for anyone who is creating an app or a piece of software (especially if you’re hoping for global success and billion-dollar status), I recommend that you read this book, as I think that you will find it valuable.

4. 24 Assets by Daniel Priestley

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Daniel has written four books altogether, all of which I have scored very highly.

In this book, Daniel highlights 24 areas (which he calls ‘assets’) within your business that you need to get right to be successful and what actions you need to take to achieve that.

This is the second book of Daniel’s that I’ve rated 10/10, and I have done so because this book is extremely practical.

5. 80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall

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This book is billed as “the definitive guide to working less and making more.”

I’m sure you’re aware of the Pareto Principle, commonly called the 80/20 rule. Well, in this book, Perry takes that principle and shows you how you can use it to increase the performance of your sales and marketing.

I got so much out of this book and was able to implement many of the ideas that the author provides into my own businesses and websites.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who works in sales and marketing, but especially those in the field of digital marketing.

6. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

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This book is the memoir of Nike founder, Phil Knight.

I found the book very interesting as it describes how the company started, the process it went through, and the struggles it experienced in its evolution to become the global giant that it is today.

The only downside to this book is that it doesn’t contain any photographic inserts, which I thought would have enhanced it considerably. I was going to mark the book down for that, however, I wanted this book to be in my 10/10 category so decided to still give it top marks.

7. This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

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This book is the secret diary of a junior doctor within the NHS. (For those of you living outside of the UK, the NHS is our National Health Service.)

The book is set out like a diary with each entry describing what it’s like to work as a junior doctor within the NHS, including encounters with patients and some of the failings of the NHS system.

This is a brilliant book and a hilariously funny read, but at the same time, it’s a very impactful book.

I especially recommend this multi-award-winning book to UK residents, as you really do need to know what’s going on within our health service. 

8. Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

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Can’t Hurt Me is the personal story of David Goggins, a retired United States Navy SEAL, ultra-marathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, and motivational speaker.

Even if you have read the physical copy of this book, I highly recommend that you also check out the audiobook version because it contains extra freestyled content from Goggins himself.

This book equips you with the tools and strategies that you need to take on anything that life throws at you. It helps you to avoid the path of least resistance and push to excel.

This is a wonderful motivational book that I highly recommend.

9. Thirst by Scott Harrison

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Thirst is the personal story of Scott Harrison and how he came to found Charity: Water.

The book details some of his personal struggles, as well as those of the business.

I found this to be a very moving book that took me on an emotional rollercoaster. At times I was physically crying, and other times I had feelings of euphoria.

I thoroughly recommend that EVERYONE either listens to or reads this book, whether you are an entrepreneur or not.

What did you think?

So, those were my top books for 2019!

Please let me know what you thought of my choices, as well as telling me what your top reads were for 2019 in the comments box below.

If you want more top books, don’t forget to check out my 10/10 Book Category.

Roseanna x 

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